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42nd Conference 2020 Australia

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Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, the 42nd Conference 2020
1 October – 4 October
Southern Cross University
Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Conference. In 2020, the conference will be hosted by Southern Cross University, and ANZARME welcomes all researchers of music education, from beginning to experienced.


The conference, hosted by the School of Arts and Social Sciences, will be held at SCU’s Gold Coast campus, Coolangatta, Queensland, from October 1 – 4, 2020. With a backdrop of the Scenic Rim mountains, SCU’s Gold Coast campus, Terminal Drive, Bilinga QLD is a short walk from Coolangatta airport and across the road from some of Australia’s finest beaches.


The summer of 2019-2020 in Australia has been a time of devastating national events, with much of the nation drought-stricken and many places, people, property, livestock and wildlife destroyed by bushfires. New Zealand also experienced the tragedy of the White Island volcano eruption. These events, the circumstances leading to them and possible pathways for recovery are questions of global magnitude. Consequently, the theme for ANZARME’s 2020 Conference is Phoenix Rising from the Ashes.

Problems identified and solutions sought from the events of Summer 2020 in Australia and New Zealand may be replicated in education, the arts and music; disciplines that not only reflect and respond to culture and the environment, but with the potential to also shape them.

Topics investigated in the ANZARME Conference may include (but are not limited to):

  • creating and nurturing healthy, sustainable and flexible learning environments
  • predicting future directions in music education and music professions and adapting courses and curricula to meet these challenges
  • preparing students for careers that encompass significant life changes and events
  • building resilience and recovery skills in learners, educators and musicians
  • the contribution of music to community welfare and human well-being
  • music as a vehicle of social, environmental and altruistic action and growth
  • the healing powers of music

Please note that papers that do not address the conference theme will also be accepted for consideration. The conference theme is intended as a guide. Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of their research that is work in progress. ANZARME provides a collegial and supportive environment for presentations.


Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation. All abstracts are double blind peer reviewed. Notification with regards acceptance will be given as soon as practicable after submission.

Please use the submission form on this page to submit your abstract.


Thursday 1 October9 amRegistration
10:30 am   Formal Welcome
1:30 – 5 pm Papers
Friday 2 October9:00 am – 5:00 pmPapers
Saturday 3 October9:00 am – 5.00 pmPapers
6:30 pmConference Dinner
Sunday 4 October9:00 am – 12:00 pmPapers
12:00 – 2:00 pmLunch and AGM
2:00 pmClose

Presenters will have the opportunity to present their paper for 20 minutes. This will be followed by a 10-minute opportunity for questions from the floor.


Full participant: $250 (AUD)
Student: $140 (AUD)
Conference dinner: $70 (AUD)

All conference delegates must be ANZARME members:
Full: $50 (AUD)
Student: $25 (AUD)

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Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of research proposals for work in progress.


To encourage new researchers, ANZARME provides two Post Graduate Research prizes; the Doreen Bridges Prize, and the David Sell Prize. Both awards are for promising research presented at the conference to Post Graduate students undertaking investigations in the field of music education. The prizes are awarded on the recommendations of a panel of adjudicators who attend the presentation. Previous winners are not eligible to apply. Student papers must be sole authored. Students must be currently enrolled in their research studies. 

CONFERENCE VENUE Coolangatta campus)

Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta, just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from many vantage points in the campus buildings.

The library offers stunning views of the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland. Campus facilities include a one-stop-shop student services hub, innovative learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres with live video broadcasting, computer labs and student lounges. Degrees on offer include arts, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, podiatry and pedorthics, psychological science, speech pathology, social science and social welfare, business, education, information technology, law and tourism. From 2020, students are able to undertake a degree in contemporary music at our new Coomera location on the Gold Coast.

Southern Cross University Gold Coast

Street address:
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225
(Access via Terminal Drive, Gold Coast Airport)

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The SCU Gold Coast campus is serviced by Translink bus services. For timetablesmaps and journey planners please visit the Translink website or download the free MyTransLink app. For discounted travel on public transport in Queensland see Travel concessions.

It is a 3 kilometre walk or cycle from Griffith Street, Coolangatta to SCU Gold Coast campus; a flat and scenic journey along the coast around Kirra Point. A delightful and refreshing way to start and end each conference day!


The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth-largest city, with a population of more than half a million people. Attractions include 70 kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforest hinterland and numerous bush walks, parklands, major shopping centres, markets and entertainment. Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of the City of the Gold Coast, Queensland with a population of approx. 6,000. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. Coolangatta and its immediate neighbour Tweed Heads, straddle the eastern border of Queensland and New South Wales, and are consequently known as “Twin Towns”.

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Anzarme Gold Coast Conference
Gold Coast Fishing


Coolangatta has a humid, subtropical climate with warm, wet summers and cool, moist winters. In October, the temperatures range from daytime highs of 24oC to 16oC at night, with a monthly precipitation of approx 88 ml. October is a wonderful season to spend time in this part of the Gold Coast, with warm sunny days and perfect swimming and walking weather.

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Physical Activities:

Swimming, sailing, walking and cycling are popular daily activities around Coolangatta.

Marine Parade Coolangatta (parallel to Griffith Street) is an esplanade along the beachfront with parkland, walking tracks, access to beach and surf, markets, picnic areas.

Coolangatta Learn to Surf – professional instruction
Coolangatta Whale Watch  – 3 hour daily cruises
Coolangatta/Tweed Heads golf club

Local wildlife/nature parks:

David Fleay Wildlife Park, (corner West Burleigh Rd and Loman Rd, West Burleigh)

Currumbin Wildlife Santuary (28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin)

Day trips by bus to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

Live Entertainment:

Coolangatta Hotel (corner Marine Parade and Warner Street, Coolangatta) great live music

The Showroom – Twin Towns Services Club (Wharf Street, Tweed Heads) Australian and International shows, artists and cabaret

Coolangatta Surf Club, Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Dining: restaurants, take aways, cafes, bars everywhere


Griffith Street Larder for coffee, Shop 9, The Strand, Griffith St, Coolangatta

Cazzy’s Restaurant & Art Gallery, international dining, very reasonable prices, excellent views

Many restaurants specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood


Griffith Street, the main street in Coolangatta, provides services, banking, shopping

Several banks, Chemist Warehouse, dentists and doctors, supermarkets, bottle shops, hairdressers, barbers, post office

The Strand Mall, which joins Griffith Street and Marine Parade, features a diverse range of shopping, including casual to upmarket clothing and jewellery and Events Cinemas


Book early as the ANZARME Conference is in Queensland school holiday time.

Much of the accommodation is serviced apartments, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom. This could be a cheap opportunity for members, especially students, to share accommodation at a very nice venue.

Oaks Hotels and Resorts:

99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta Free call in Aust 1300 662293,  +61 7 55990000

Points North Apartments:

66 Marine Parade, Coolangatta Free call in Aust 1800 423336, +61 7 55360000

Tweed Ultima Apartments:

 20 Stuart Street, Tweed Heads +61 7 55993500

Kirra Palms Holiday Apartments:

112 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta

Greenmount Hotel:

3 Hill Street, Coolangatta

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We look forward to welcoming you all!